From gorgeous beaches to traditional luaus to top-notch surfing, Hawai‘i offers terrific experiences that should be on every traveler’s list. Here’s what to do in Hawaii for a memorable trip.
Hawaii is one of those amazing places that sits at the top of most people’s travel lists, with daydreamers picturing stunning sunsets and sand in their toes. But it’s not all beaches and umbrella drinks here. The chain of islands is as diverse as it is beautiful, and the list of things to do in Hawaii is staggering. Hawaii’s eight primary islands—including Oahu, Hawaii Island (the Big Island), and Maui (there are dozens more atolls and islets in the chain)—have their own personalities and features, offering Hawaiian vacation activities for everyone from the beach bum to the foodie, from the surfer to the adventurer. So eat (here’s a list of the best restaurants in Hawaii), drink, and have fun, because once you arrive in Hawaii and have that lei around your neck, you’ll never want to leave! WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT HAWAII?There isn’t a bad time to visit Hawaii (year-round sunshine and mostly consistent weather), but the rainy season is November through March. December and January see a lot of visitors, so keep in mind when booking your winter getaway. April through September are recommended times to go. For up-to-date information on Hawaii’s Covid-19 protocols, check out the state of Hawaii’s travel info page.
Discover some of Hawaii’s most important historical landmarks on your next island vacation.
The Hawaiian Islands conjure up images of white-sand beaches, tropical sunsets, and laid-back vibes—but it has so much more to offer. The Hawaiian Islands have a rich and troubled history that’s definitely worth exploring. It’s a history that stretches back to AD 400 with the arrival of the first Polynesian voyagers to the ruthless 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom to becoming part of the United States in 1959. As a visitor, one way to show respect to the Hawaiian people and their culture is to try and understand how past events have shaped the present; and to consider our own roles in this narrative. Check out these 11 historical sights next time you make it to the Aloha State. INSIDER TIPWhile tourists still refer to Hawaii Island as “Big Island,” Hawaiians continue to push for the use of its official name, the Island of Hawaii/Hawaii Island. (We use “Big Island” as means to simplify readers’ searches, but hope to expose our audience to the importance and cultural significance of the Ōlelo Hawai‘i language and the official island names.)
A dose of inspiration for your next trip.
Writers, with their vivid imagination, paint such a fine picture of a destination that readers aspire to walk the same paths. On one page, you’ll be breathing in the crisp air of a mountain town. Pick another book and you’ll be sitting down for a meal in the home of an Italian family. Someone else will take you deep into America’s small cities and you’ll have this yearning to discover your own backyard. For centuries, authors and poets have satiated the curiosity of their readers about the world and we’ve been better for it. This list of travel authors is another way to find direction for your next big trip—let them be your guide, compass, and inspiration. These stories are truly special, so even if you don’t take these journeys, you will taste a slice of this world unknown to you before.
With its impressive roster of world-class museums, royal palaces, and scenic parks, here are the best things to do and see in the Spanish capital of Madrid.
With an estimated population of 6.7 million, the Spanish capital is famous for its rich culture, historic landmarks, green spaces, museums, and food scene. Most of Madrid’s main attractions sit within walking distance from one another, so with a little determination, you can tackle them all in just a few days. But taking in all Madrid has to offer can be daunting, especially if you plan to dabble in the city’s other major claim to fame: sundown-to-sunup nightlife. From people-watching at the world-famous Plaza Mayor to prestigious art at Museo del Prado and exquisite tapas and unmissable rooftop bars, these are the 20 things you won’t want to miss on your next trip to the sunny capital. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MADRID?The best times to visit Madrid are outside the peak tourist seasons: between September and November and from March to May. The weather will be mild, there will be fewer crowds, and the prices for accommodations and flights will be more affordable. For up-to-date COVID-19 information in Madrid, please check out Madrid’s official tourism website, the website of your government’s consulate/embassy, or follow the Spanish language Twitter account: @SaludMadrid.
Dine on history at these centuries’ old Parisian culinary institutions.
Paris is one of the world’s top culinary destinations and taking in its gastronomic pleasures is a highlight of any trip to the French capital. The city may currently have over 10,000 restaurants, however, the tres Parisienne concept of dining out in a venue with an attractive setting and a menu of dishes to select from, is relatively new. From the 1760s to the turn of the 20th century, the city’s dining scene transitioned from the tables of modest inns to those of glamorous gastronomic restaurants and dazzling Art Nouveau eateries. You can savor a delectable bite of French history at these restaurants in Paris.
All of the most incredible beaches in and around Miami for every type of traveler.
It’s impossible to travel to the 305 without getting a bit sandy. Miami’s beaches are some of the best in the continental United States, and millions flock to enjoy them each year. Even though beach hopping is one of the best things to do in Miami, most Miami vacationers fail to venture beyond South Beach, and while SoBe is absolutely worth a visit, the Magic City has much more to offer. From secluded locales that will make you feel like you’re on a tropical island to family-friendly parks and kite surfing heavens, Miami truly has an oceanfront to satisfy all. Whether you’re looking for a day party, a place to enjoy with your dog, or everything in between, here are the top beaches in Miami for you and your travel style.